Joining us today is Laurel Grimm Senior Manager, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer
Engagement Along with Jennifer O’Connor who is the Regional Director for the Northwest Chapter
and a Take Steps team captain. She’s been a captain and IBD patient for over 20 years!
Take Steps is the annual fundraising walk for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
One thing that’s unique about our organization is that so many patients involved struggle
with sharing their diagnosis/experiences with others.
There’s a lot of privacy, secrecy, and stigma surrounding Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Take Steps is an awesome community event in part because it’s a chance for patients and caregivers
to be open about their experiences and hear stories from others.
This event supports our research efforts into improved treatments and eventually a cure.
Currently, Crohn’s & colitis are chronic, untreatable conditions that can lead to
severe complications and surgery for many patients over the course of their life.